As a long time fan of Manchester United, one of the finest institutions in English football, I shared the bemused and shocked reaction that greeted the news all across the country. As Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager capable of ruling with an iron fist, meekly read out the statement confirming Wayne Rooney's intention to quit, the gasps could be heard across the country.
Perhaps most surprising aspect of this was the seemingly accepting manner in which this information was given. Here was Sir Alex, a man known to dispense of star's who's egos were considered too big for the club, seemingly accepting the situation for what it was. The same man who dispensed of David Beckham without a second thought and leading to the rise of Cristiano Ronaldo onto the world stage. However this bemusement soon turned to venomous anger as the sheer betrayal by the talismanic forward which the fans of United had come to love and respect.